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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Statement On The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office Review Of The Shooting Of 18-Year-Old Ramarley Graham

“Last fall, this Office began an independent review of the evidence regarding the death of Ramarley Graham after the local authorities completed their investigation and ultimately were not able to bring any charges arising out of the shooting. Today we received a letter from the mother of Ramarley Graham and other materials, which we are reviewing. This Office is acutely aware of how painful it is to lose a child in an encounter with law enforcement under any circumstances. In addition to reviewing evidence obtained from local authorities, this Office has been conducting its own independent investigation of this tragic incident. There are many reasons that a federal civil rights investigation should be conducted confidentially, including grand jury secrecy rules, as well as prudential and other reasons, including fairness to all the parties involved. Above all, a proper investigation must be thorough, fair and independent so that in the end justice is done, and we are absolutely committed to that. Finally, it should be understood that this Office has repeatedly been in communication with the attorneys for the mother of Mr. Graham and we will continue to do so,” said James Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Updated May 18, 2015